11/22/14 3:30pm

Meet your Alexandria, Virginia neighbors - Scott & Alix from Carlyle

Meet Your Alexandria Neighbors is a new series on Red Brick Town that will feature a profile of a local neighbor from one of the many neighborhoods in Alexandria, Virginia. Know someone we should reach out to? Would you be interested in being featured? Email us at this link.

We’re both originally from a small town in Western New York, Scott moved down in 2007 to work on a political campaign and has lived in various locations through Arlington and Alexandria, while Alix moved down just over a year ago. Though we have a lot of fun writing our lifestyle blog InADCMinute.com, it’s not what we do for a living. Alix is an English teacher and Scott runs the public affairs for a trade association.

Lives: We’ve lived in the Carlyle-area of Alexandria for the last 10 months. Prior to the move, Scott lived in various areas in Alexandria and Arlington, while Al lived in the Western portion of Alexandria. We love our current location and walk to King Street weekly.

Any unexpected surprises after you moved in?? We never realized how close we really were to everything. The Eisenhower MetroStation is a 5 minute walk and some of our favorite hangouts in Alexandria are just around the corner. Another pleasant surprise for us was all the dog owners in the area. We have two of our own, so knowing there was such a friendly environment for them is a huge plus.

First Impressions of Carlyle?? We love it! Everything really is walking distance from our front door. We can get to the metro, movie theater, and various restaurants/bars/coffee shops in 15 minutes. Carlyle is a growing area too, construction is ongoing and restaurants keep opening. But truly, the small town historic feel is what had us at hello.

Name your three favorite things about Alexandria… The people are far and away #1. We’ve met some great people through the blog and just stopping in different restaurants or shops (Altura Wine and Gourmet is a hidden gem). The restaurants, bars, and boutiques in Alexandria are some of the best in the entire area, and often don’t get the credit they deserve. Our final love is the abundance of rich history which includes everything from the Masonic Temple, the brick sidewalks, and the waterfront area (which is where Scott proposed to Alix last month!) On occasion you can see us running across the street reading all the history markers on the buildings and street corners.

Name 3 Things You Wish Alexandria Had: Does cheaper housing and less traffic count? In all seriousness, we think Alexandria has a lot of wonderful things to offer. If we had to pick a couple things, we’ve heard from other there is a desire to have a bar located on a rooftop. The city is full of great sites, it would be incredible to be able to see them all while having a drink with friends. We’re originally from the Buffalo area, so if we could get some of our favorite chicken wings down here we’d be grateful.

Favorite Neighborhood Hangouts in Alexandria: We have many. When it comes to brunch we’re loyal to the bar area at Union Street Public House. We enjoy locations like King Street Blues on a Saturday night, or Society Fair for a cocktail or glass of wine after a long weekday. Every date we have in Old Town involves either a walk on the waterfront or around City Hall. The Warehouse, Killer E.S.P., Columbia Firehouse, Virtue, The Light Horse, Pita House, Momo Sushi, Flat Iron, and Bugsy’s are favorites as well.

11/22/14 2:44pm

Union Street Public House - Alexandria, VA
Union Street Public House gives back to the Alexandria, Virginia community in a number of ways. This year, they are hosting a Christmas lunch for 50 wounded warriors. In war and peace these brave individuals make sacrifices far beyond what most of us appreciate. In the name of freedom, they give up the comfort and convenience of civilian life in order to protect our rights and liberties.

The staff at Union Street is raising money for donations to buy gift cards for these heroes so they can buy what ever they need. The deadline for donating is Monday Dec. 22nd. 2014.

I have donated and if you can, please consider donating too. Click this link to find out more and to donate or click the link in our sidebar to the right –>.

11/22/14 1:27pm

Your extraordinary home for rent in the West End of Alexandria, VA on Hampton Drive

This extraordinary 1 bedroom, 1 bath condominium is for rent and located at 3101 Hampton Drive in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia. Check out the kitchen!

Via the listing

All of the Luxuries of Living in the City found here! Location, Garage Parking, & Amenities galore! Spacious 1BD/1BA home with balcony overlooking the courtyard, has an inviting floor plan. Kitchen’s equipped with stainless steel appliances & granite counters. Exercise til your heart is content in the Gym or your pool skills in the Billiard Room or the resort styled outdoor pool. Conceirge

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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11/22/14 12:57pm

Candlelight tours at Mount VernonJoin “Mrs. Washington” as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours, fireside caroling, and hot cider and ginger cookies. Tours include dancing, merry music, and characters from the Washingtons’ world guiding visitors through the first and second floors of the home, adding ambiance and authenticity to a traditional Christmas evening at Mount Vernon. Tours begin Thanksgiving weekend and run through Christmas.

For tickets and more information, see the link(s) in our community events calendar.

11/22/14 12:39pm

Sure Beats The Annual “Christmas Letter”
“Where has another year gone?”

We all get deluged with holiday wishes toward the end of the year, and some of these printed Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other“Season’s Greetings” occasionally make their way into craft projects, such as placemats and ornaments. But when did it all start, and where do some of these stock images come from that we all recognize, year after year?

Dan Gifford knows, and he’s sharing his research in a presentation titled Tidings of Comfort and Joy: Christmas Postcards and their Surprising Contexts at The Lyceum — Alexandria’s History Museum on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Dan is an adjunct faculty member of the history department at George Mason University, specializing in American popular and visual culture, holidays, and leisure activities. When he’s not teaching, he works at the Smithsonian Institution and serves on the Steering Committee of the Smithsonian’s Material Culture Forum.

There is a $5 charge for the program, which benefits the conservation of collections at The Lyceum. You can register at the link in our community events calendar.

Happy Holidays!!